Welcome Residence – UpWords – June 23rd –

Welcome Residence – UpWords – June 23rd –

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Welcome Home
by Max Lucado

I came home one night and found the place unusually quiet. Molly was gone.

She had slipped out unnoticed. The search started immediately. Within an hour we knew she was far from home. If you don't like pets, what I want to say will sound strange. If you like pets, you will understand.

You will understand why we went up and down the street and called her name. You will understand why I drove through the neighborhood at 10:30 p.m. You will understand why I put up a poster in the supermarket and called the family to pray. (Honestly, I did.) You will understand why I emailed the staff to ask for prayers and the breeder to ask for advice. And you'll understand why we were ready to throw the confetti and the party when it showed up.

Here's what happened. The next morning Denalyn was on her way home from the girls to school when she saw the garbage truck. She asked the workers to look for Molly and then hurried home to hold a prayer group for mothers. Shortly after the ladies had arrived, the garbage truck drove into our driveway, a worker opened the door and jumped our dog out. It had been found.

When Denalyn called to tell me the news, I could barely hear her voice. It was carnival in the kitchen. The ladies celebrated Molly's return.

This story is full of symbolism. The master leaves his house and searches for the lost. Victories in the middle of prayer. Great things that come out of the trash. But above all: the celebration when you return home. It's something else that you have in common with Molly – a party when you get home.

Those you love will scream. Those you know will applaud. But all the noise stops when he touches your chin and says, "Welcome home." And with a scarred hand, he'll wipe every tear from your eye. And you will live in your Lord's house forever.

From the traveling light
Copyright (W Publishing Group, 2001) Max Lucado

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Originally published June 23, 2020.

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